Our Company History
Established in 1949

Refrigeration & Electric Service Inc., was established by Jim & Jean Losey in 1949. Jim rewound electric motors, repaired refrigerators, rebuilt refrigeration compressors, and serviced appliances. Jean assisted in this and even repainted damaged appliances.

Over the years, as a result of air conditioning ​becoming more abundant, the focus shifted to air conditioning and refrigeration work. Now, the company specializes in the installation and service of all types of heating, ventilation, and air conditioning (HVAC) equipment as state-certified Class A air conditioning contractors.

The Loseys ran the company until 1984 when Joe Strickler entered the business as Vice President and General Manager. He was also a minority owner. Sharon Strickler came on as office manager in 1993. As the years passed, Jim retired and Joe served as President and majority owner. Joe and Sharon retired in May 2019, when Chris Holley and Lee Rankin took control of the company to continue providing the quality and expertise everyone has ​learned to expect from Refrigeration & Electric Service Inc.

Our lead employees have passed the North American Technician Excellence (NATE) exam for heat pump service (which includes air conditioning). This means they are nationally recognized for proficiency in servicing and installing air conditioners and heat pumps. They are also certified by the EPA to handle refrigerants.

Refrigeration & Electric Service Inc. is a long-time member of the Winter Haven Chamber of Commerce. Joe is a past president of the Florida Air Conditioning Contractors Association. This association has now changed to the Florida Air Conditioning Contractors Professional Association. Joe currently serves as the treasurer of this organization. Joe has been certified as a residential test & balance contractor by the National Comfort Institute and a commercial test & balance contractor by the National Balance Council.

We Think “Outside The Box”
No Job Is Too Big Or Small

Refrigeration & Electric Service Inc. takes pride in doing jobs others say can’t be done. To help our customers, we think “outside the box” when it comes to complex, unusual jobs. General Contractors know Refrigeration & Electric Service Inc. is the one to go to when “value engineering” is needed on a job that is over budget or has other problems.





Our Brands

Proudly Serving Polk County
While Carrier is our primary brand of equipment, we have other brands available to suit your needs and our technicians are experienced in all makes and models of air conditioning equipment. We stock parts most frequently needed and can quickly procure anything not in our stock.

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